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14 August 2017
  • The Hate Search

    by - Dec 15, 2015
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    Dec. 15, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — The New York Times ran an opinion piece on Sunday entitled The Rise of Hate Search, authored by Evan Soltas and Seth Stephens-Davidowitz.  As the title would suggest, it appears...
  • Being a Prosecutor Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

    by - Dec 8, 2015
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    Dec. 8, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — On Friday, Judge Stacey Bond of the 176th District Court of Harris County, Texas did something unusual.  She issued findings of fact on a sexual assault case which found that...
  • Speeding Through Baltimore: The First Freddie Gray Trial Begins

    by - Dec 1, 2015
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    Dec. 1, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — On Monday, jury selection began in the trial of Baltimore Police Officer William G. Porter for his involvement in the death of Freddie Gray.  The trial is beginning less than eight...
  • When Professors Play Prosecutor

    by - Nov 24, 2015
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    Nov. 24, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — On Sunday night, CNN aired The Hunting Ground, which is a highly controversial “documentary” that focuses on “date rape” on college campuses.  The show received critical acclaim at the Sundance...
  • Cause of Death: Ferguson Effect?

    by - Nov 17, 2015
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    Nov. 17, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — The City of Baltimore recorded an unfortunate statistic on Saturday, as the city marked its 300th homicide of the year.  It was followed later that day with the city’s 301st. ...
  • Judge Julie Kocurek: The War Without The Sideshow

    by - Nov 10, 2015
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    Nov. 10, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — On Friday night, Judge Julie Kocurek of the 390th District Court in Travis County, Texas was returning to her home from a high school football game.  When she pulled up...
  • Timothy Tyrone Foster & The Evolution of Batson

    by - Nov 3, 2015
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    Nov. 3, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Back in January of 2008, I was a prosecutor in Harris County, Texas who had just started blogging. I was writing anonymously back then, because I didn’t want to be...
  • Racial Profiling, Community Relations & Discretion

    by - Oct 27, 2015
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    Oct. 27, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — One of the fundamental principles taught in a criminal law or criminal procedure class in law school is the idea of discretion. Police officers have discretion on whether or not...
  • Michael Santiago and The Gun That Killed His Child

    by - Oct 20, 2015
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    Oct. 20, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Mass shootings stay with us. They just do. Columbine. Sandy Hook. Umpqua Community College. We play the silly little game where we vow to never say the name of the...
  • The Idiocy of “Familes Against Autistic Shooters”

    by - Oct 13, 2015
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    Oct. 13, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Andrew Solomon wrote an outstanding Op-Ed piece for the New York Times entitled The Myth of the “Autistic Shooter.” It was written in response to a now-shuttered Facebook page entitled...
  • Snitches, Feds, and Prosecutorial Misconduct

    by - Sep 29, 2015
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    Sept. 29, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — As prosecutors often tell prospective jurors during voir dire, most crimes do not occur in broad daylight in front of numerous credible witnesses.  Crack addicts, drunks, prostitutes, and convicted felons...
  • Pretext Stop, Beat Down To Follow

    by - Sep 22, 2015
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    Sept. 21, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — This week’s episode of Highly Questionable Police Beat Downs Caught on Video takes us to Stockton, California, where a citizen filmed Stockton a police officer using a police baton to...
  • The Rise Of The American Victim

    by - Sep 15, 2015
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    Sept. 15, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — On Friday, The Atlantic ran an extremely thought-provoking article by Conor Friedersdorf entitled The Rise of Victimhood Culture. Although the article does not directly focus on criminal law matters, it...
  • DA For Sale: Texas Insurer Buys Its Own Prosecutor

    by - Sep 10, 2015
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    Sept. 10, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — In a joint Texas Tribune/The Austin-American Statesman article, found by way of Grits for Breakfast, Jay Root and Tony Plohetski reveal that the Travis County District Attorney’s Office is funded by private...
  • When It’s Death, Justice Delayed May Be The Answer

    by - Sep 1, 2015
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    Sept. 1, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — While the State of Texas is often mocked and criticized for being at the very top of the spectrum on Death Penalty aggressiveness, its counterpart at the bottom end of...
  • Mark Lewis and the Dangers of Redefining Addiction

    by - Aug 25, 2015
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    Aug. 25, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — In Sunday’s Washington Post, Marianne Szegedy-Maszak analyzes the findings of neuroscientist Marc Lewis in his book, The Biology of Desire.  As noted in the column, Lewis makes the controversial assertion...
  • Ke’jorium McKnight Never Belonged In Solitary, Ended Up There Anyway

    by - Aug 18, 2015
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    Aug. 18, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Sunday’s New York Times ran an article by Timothy Williams casting light on yet another dilemma facing the criminal justice system when dealing with juvenile offenders. In the article, Locked...
  • Does James Holmes’ Life Mean The Death Penalty Is Dead?

    by - Aug 11, 2015
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    Aug. 10, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — On Friday, James Holmes was sentenced to life in prison for capital murder. From a national perspective, it was a surprising ending to a horrendous trial. Holmes had been convicted...
  • Jails Hate Drugs, So Jesse Jacobs Had to Die

    by - Aug 4, 2015
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    August 3, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Yet another Texas jail found itself receiving some unwanted attention late last week, when 32-year-old Jesse Jacobs died while in the custody of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office. This time,...
  • John Russell Houser and the Mental Health Dilemma

    by - Jul 28, 2015
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    July 28, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 25th, John Russell Houser opened fire with a Hi-Point .40 caliber handgun in a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. He killed two young...